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Brewed by Staatliches Hofbräuhaus München
Style: Dunkel/Tmavý
Munich, Germany

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 605   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Dark beer existed in Bavaria long before light beer. This was the first type of beer to be brewed at Hofbräuhaus when it was founded. Today, when beer-lovers all over the world talk about dark beer, they usually mean a Munich style beer. Today, Hofbräu Dunkel - the archetypal Bavarian beer - is still as popular as ever. With its alcoholic content of around 5.5% volume and its spicy taste, it’s a refreshing beer that suits all kinds of occasion. A beer in the traditional Munich style!


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (12551) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 27, 2007
Draught, Archer Ale House
Bright dark brown. Figs, molasses and brown sugar in the aroma. The body is light, and a bit watery in the finish. Flavours of light molasses, graham crackers and slightly sticky sugariness. Decent balance.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sinkas (273) - Perth/Fremantle, AUSTRALIA - OCT 18, 2007
Bottle, Aromas and flavours of some crysal candy graininess.Quite tasty but not easily sessionable

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JorisPPattyn (7908) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 15, 2007
Draught Very stable yellow head, leaving lace, over chestnut-brown beer. Rainwater, dark autumn leaves, and a bit fruity - and of course very malty. Again leafy & malty; sweet, but nowhere exaggeratedly. Coloured malts, without roastedness. Ends a tad woody. Quite well-bodied, slick, near-syrupy. Much better than feared, to be honest.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - OCT 10, 2007
draft- dunkel-rific. enjoyed this roasty, sweet treat. Very well rounded, nothing overly dramatic about it, and highly drinkable.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 3, 2007
Bottle- Sampled @ Siebel during the German style tasting- Clear dark brown color, tan foamy head. Nose is intensely malty, somewhat unpleasent. I think I’m not a fan of munich malts. Flavor is not balanced, too sweet, not enough dark notes for me.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LordCorkscrew (1774) - Ronco Scrivia (GE), ITALY - SEP 20, 2007
Da sola batte tutte le lager chiare Hofbrau; aroma fortemente maltato e dolce, schiuma alta e cremosa, colore marroncino chiaro molto limpido. Corpo un poco acquoso ma non importa, il sapore è molto gradevole; rinfrescante e buona, ideale per i bevitori esigenti quando fa più caldo.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
mvcramer (243) - Lexington, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 18, 2007
I always expect a quite a bit from a Dunkel, givent the paucity of choices in this style. I mean - if a brewer is going to brew this style, it MUST be good, right? This offering from HM was just OK. Nice color on pour with a foamy head on it, but the flavor and aroma just weren’t quite spectacular for me. I’d order it again if available, but wouldn’t go out of my way to get it. There are better Dunkels out there. I think that Ayinger and Schafly are tops in the US market.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bhensonb (11047) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 6, 2007
Rich, "warm", dark/caramel malt aroma. Nice brown color that turns reddish mahogany using halogen. The beige head went up well, but down fast. Medium in body and rather creamy in carbonation. There are medium dark roasted malt tastes, some nuttiness, and arguably a bit of grassy hop. Maybe a chocolate lilt. Just grabs the mouth. The finish is slightly earthy, not all that sweet considering the malt is there, and there is still a light bitter. A pleasant sort of neutral finish. HB does seem to make good beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
candlejack (6) - New York, USA - SEP 5, 2007 does not count
So this is my first rating, but im not new to the world of beers. me and my friend first had this beer at j and r’s steak house on tap and we both loved it. We went to a usual beer distributor and couldnt find it. Today we went to a different one, found it, got so excited we split case of 24. we bought out the stores selection. im rating the beer now as i drink it out of a glass, and honestly, theres a noticable difference between how it was on tap and how it is now. However, it still tastes great and it was a pleasure to have as my first rated beer. now onto the rating, when i first opened the bottle i could smell it, it smelt great and it got me extremely excited. its dark brown, almost looks like a jack and coke. the head disappeared pretty quick. it feels great in the mouth, the taste is great. definately a beer ill buy again, though my fridge will be stocked with it for a month

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jb (2187) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 3, 2007
Looks, smells and tastes pretty much like every other dunkel I’ve tried over the past few days. Brown with orange highlights, thin head with some lacing. Nice aroma of caramel and dough. Extremely nice palate - better than average for a dunkel maybe, candy undertones, stickiness, a bit of hops is nice, get some rich toffee.


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